Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
William Walker

Known as
Bill Walker

29 August 1886

8 November 1934 (aged 48)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 243d
Last game: 28y 357d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 16, 20, 25

Bill Walker

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 1,743rd player to appear, 3,485th most games played, 1,942nd most goals kickedEssendon: 210th player to appear, 281st most games played, 168th most goals kicked

Although he was by no means a stylish footballer Essendon’s William Walker was almost invariably effective. A case in point was the 1911 VFL grand final when he played the supporting ruckman’s role to perfection and contributed a crucial goal to the Same Old’s 5.11 to 4.11 grand final defeat of Collingwood. Walker undertook the same role a year later when Essendon scored a 5.17 to 4.9 challenge final victory over South Melbourne. Always a formidable presence when resting in a forward pocket, he was his club’s leading goal kicker in 1915, albeit with the comparatively meagre tally of just 14 goals. Between 1911 and 1915 Walker played 66 games for Essendon and scored 53 goals.

Author - John Devaney


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